Throwers spearhead Sarikei’s challenge
by Ting Tieng Hee, email@example.com. Posted on August 13, 2012, Monday
KUCHING: Sarikei will be sending a strong team to compete in the field events of the Sibu Open Track and Field Championship and vie for a share of the RM15,000 prize money in selected events.
Spearheading Sarikei’s challenge at the championship to be held at Stadium Tun Zaidi will be Sukma XV hammer throw silver medallist Michael Sia Sung Dak who is also the defending champion in the Men’s Open hammer throw event.
Michael will be joined by Wong Siew Hung and new faces Ting Ing Sheng and Chris Yong in the hammer throw contest.
Raymond Sia will feature in the discus and he is joined by Wong Jing Huei who will also compete in the shot putt.
It will also be interesting to see how Wong Siew Reign, 11, the youngest brother of three-time Sukma hammer throw champion Jackie Wong Siew Cheer, would fare in the Boys Under-11 shot putt event.
Another candidate in this event is 11-year-old Henry Wong who is making his debut.
In the women/girls team, defending champion Tiong Mee Yien, who is also Sukma XV silver medallist, is up for the challenge in the Women’s Open hammer throw.
Queenie Ting and Wong Hui Hui will compete in the Women’s Open discus.
Rising star Grace Wong Xiu Mei will still be the one to watch this year after bagging the gold medals in the Girls Under-14 shot putt and Girls Under-11 shot putt as well as finishing second in the Women’s Open hammer throw last year.
She also broke the shot putt records in both the Under-14 and Under-11, registering marks of 9.98m and 10.83m respectively.
Sarawak State Sports Council’s Centre of Excellence for Athletics (Throw Events) Thomas Ling Neng Thung said the above athletics had been identified to represent Sarikei but it will not be known how many of them will compete in Sibu on Sept 1-2.
“This is because most of them will be busy either sitting or preparing for their UPSR or SPM,” he noted.
“I have also contacted Jackie Wong and SEA Games hammer throw record holder Wong Tee Kui but they have yet to confirm their participation,” he added.
Meanwhile, the nine selected premier events are long jump, high jump, 100m (Open, Under-14, Under-11), 80m hurdles, 100m hurdles, 110m hurdles (Under-14, Under-11), 3,000m and 5,000m (Open), discus (Open and Under-14), 800m (Open and Under-14) and 400m (Open and Under-14),
Sponsors for the premier events are Prudential Agnes Team, Sibu Amateur Athletic Association, KTS Sdn Bhd, Ta Ann Holding Bhd, McDonalds, Sibu Marathon Sports Club and TN Sports.
Top three winners of selected premier events will get cash prizes ranging from RM300 to RM500.
Record breakers will get RM50 extra for the Open category and RM20 for the Under-14 and Under-11 categories.
Team events champions for the Open will get RM500, runners-up RM300 and third placing RM200.
Boys and Girls Under-14 teams will get RM300, RM200 and RM100 respectively while the Under-11 teams will get RM200, RM150 and RM100 respectively.